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14 Untranslatable Words Shown In Incredibly Stunning Illustrations

14 Untranslatable Words Shown In Incredibly Stunning Illustrations

The languages of the world are a beautiful thing. Although most objects have direct translations into all different languages, many ideas and concepts are unique to the culture in which the language exists. Because of this, a word used frequently in one language might be completely alien to another, and require a sentence-long explanation. Thankfully, artist Marija Tiurina has created these illustrations to explain some of the strangest culture-specific words in the world:

1. Palegg, Norwegian for “anything you can put on a slice of bread”

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    I’m not saying you should put any and everything on a slice of bread, but I’m not not saying that, either. (Disclaimer: Please only put edible things on your slices of bread.)

    2. Duende, Spanish for “the mysterious power a work of art has on a person”

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      Remember that scene in Ferris Beuller’s Day Off when Cameron became transfixed with George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”? That.

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      3. Baku-shan, Japanese for “a girl that looks beautiful when viewed from behind”

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        I disagree here. There’s definitely an English translation for this. You just have to check Urban Dictionary to find it. (And no, I’m not going to tell you what it is)

        4. L’appel Duvide, French for “the instinctive urge to jump from a high place”

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          Does anyone really suffer from this? I mean, I guess if they do, they don’t for long. Sorry, I guess that was a bit insensitive.

          5. Tingo, Pascuense for “taking objects of desire from a friend’s house over a period of time by borrowing and not returning them”

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            “Hey neighbor, did I lend you my shovel?” “Oh, yeah a few weeks ago. It’s in my tool shed next to your lawn mower, your rake, and your step ladder.”

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            6. Schadenfreude, German for “feeling pleasure from other’s pain or misfortune”

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              Of all the words on this list, you’ve probably heard this one before. I know we’re supposed to be kind to everyone, turn the other cheek and all that…but when karma takes over and someone gets what’s coming to them, sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the show.

              7. Kyoikumama, Japanese for “a mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement”

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                All joking aside, the rate of suicide for young men in Japan is astronomical because of the pressure they face to do well in school.

                8. Schlimazl, Yiddish for “a chronically unlucky person”

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                  Being a bit of a schlimazl myself, I have to take extra precautions when leaving the house, driving to the store, taking a shower…you name it, I’ve probably hurt myself doing it.

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                  9. Age-otori, Japanese for “to look worse after a haircut”

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                    Who here hasn’t gotten a bad haircut at least once in their life? Don’t worry, it grows back.

                    10. Luftmensch, Yiddish for “air person,” meaning “someone who is a bit of a dreamer”

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                      Get your head out of the clouds and come back to Earth. There’s work to do!

                      11. Tretar, Swedish for “a second refill of a cup of coffee”

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                        Just order a venti and you won’t have to keep asking for more.

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                        12. Gufra, Arabic for “the amount of water that can be held in cupped hands”

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                          Also the sound you make when you accidentally inhale water while splashing your face in the morning.

                          13. Cafuné, Brazilian Portuguese for “to run your fingers through someone’s hair tenderly”

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                            I love when my wife cafunés me. Sorry, that sounds a bit dirty.

                            14. Torschlusspanik, German for “the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages”

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                              “There are so many things I haven’t done!” Sounds like a mid-life crisis to me. Except it’s more focused on abilities and skills than, you know, sports cars and pretty women.

                              Featured photo credit: Marija Tiurina via facebook.com

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                              Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                              How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                              How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                              Think you have a boring life?

                              The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                              Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                              1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                              What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                              Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                              2. Go Play with Kids

                              Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                              They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                              3. Order a Hot Dog

                              While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                              4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                              Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                              5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                              You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                              You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                              6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                              Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                              Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                              7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                              Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                              What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                              8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                              You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                              9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                              Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                              10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                              We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                              11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                              It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                              12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                              This will give you something to look forward to.

                              Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                              13. People Watch

                              Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                              People are infinitely interesting.

                              14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                              Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                              15. Dance

                              You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                              If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                              16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                              This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                              17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                              Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                              18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                              Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                              19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                              OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                              20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                              This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                              Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                              Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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